It's been a massively frustrating week. Very few matches, huge rain delays, 2 days with no play at all and another day where I didn't have an opportunity to place a trade. My trading was ok, no major issues but at the same time, nothing to shout about. I ended the week in profit but I have only really had 3 full days, so there wasn't much I could deduce from my results. My paper-trading, in typical fashion, produced great results for the second week running. So as you can imagine, I've been thinking about introducing the techniques straight into real-money situations. I know it's too soon in reality but my head is spinning right now.
There are so many questions I have about where I'm going with my trading. Is my strategy REALLY good enough? Should I be looking to be more aggressive / speculative? Are the markets changing and taking away any edge I had? Am I just going through a rough patch which will eventually get back to normal? Should I be trusting my own judgement a bit more, rather than playing it as safe as possible? Can I make larger greens by switching strategy? Is the focus and patience required in my strategy too difficult to maintain on a full-time basis?
I'm really torn between a switch to a more aggressive style of trading, which will allow me to place more trades, requires less patience and will gain me larger greens potentially. But that would mean probably taking more reds, ditching a safer strategy that I've worked so hard on for so long and at a time when I feel I've finally got to grips with the mindset required to make it successful. But those greens have definitely dried up lately and I've started to lose confidence in the long-term validity of the current strategy.
What riles me most is that time and time again, my reading of the play is superb but time and time again, I come away with a losing position or less green than I could have. Taking a few more chances would rectify this but after such a long time trying to perfect my cautious, patient approach, it is going to be tough to shift my mindset. I'm trying to find a way of incorporating facets of both strategies together but that may take time - and that's one thing I don't have anymore. I need to be making this work by the end of the season, or I will have to give this up. I hate being in this state of limbo and it's a worrying time for me. Hopefully, a full week of trading will enlighten things a bit more.